“…but the greatest of these is love.”
We were made for relationships. We were made to live in community. We were made to love. At school, my time is divided up among a vast array of things, and sometimes I feel spread so thin. I see people doing awesome things for the kingdom, and I wonder how I can make an impact, and then today I read 1 Timothy 1:5. It says, “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” That’s it. If you look at Jesus’s ministry that’s what he did. He loved people – all people.
That’s not difficult – in theory. It’s easy to love people who love us. It’s easy to love even our family or someone where we do a one-time kind thing. But how hard is it to love the misfits, those people that get under your skin, or even harder, someone you were once close to but who wronged you. No, loving people is not easy. It’s a hourly decision. It takes work. But that’s all we are called to do. Love. Put others above ourselves. Sit with the girl who always sits alone. Go out of your way to get to know and spend time with people on your team. Give up your “me” time to pour into others. Serve.
Truly, loving comes down to service. We are called to serve others, and not only serve them, but do it with a joyful heart.
“Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife/husband and your perfect little children in your beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken.”